Signs of Victimization

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Signs of VictimizationAdult Common Psychological Or Emotional Symptoms and The Additional Reactions of Children Or Adolescents

1. Re-Experiencing the Crime 

  • recurrent and intrusive memories of the crime
  • recurrent dreams of the crime
  • flashbacks
  • intense discomfort with events that remind you of the crime


2. Avoidance Reactions

  • avoiding thoughts or feelings associated with the crime
  • avoiding activities or situations that remind you of the crime
  • inability to recall an important aspect of the crime
  • decreased interest in people or activities
  • feeling cut-off from yourself or others (restricted range of feelings)
  • hopelessness about the future

3. Recurring Symptoms

  • sleep disturbance
  • change in eating habits
  • crying easily
  • difficulty concentrating (extreme alertness or easily startled)
  • physical problems (e.g., headaches, stomach pains, muscle tension)

4. Other Common Symptoms

  • guilt
  • shame
  • depression
  • increased family conflict
  • fear of it happening again
  • increased alcohol or drug use
  • shock and/or denial
  • difficulty coping with ordinary life
  • odd or irrational behavior


The Additional Reactions That Children Or Adolescents May Experience

  • regression to younger behaviors
  • enuresis (bed-wetting)
  • crankiness, clinging, possessiveness
  • afraid of sleeping in their own bed
  • increased crying over simple things
  • night terrors
  • separation anxiety (fear of leaving you)
  • refusal to go to school


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